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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 25: Why Ban Hidden Colors?

Takuan Amaru The anticipated fifth and final installment of the internationally acclaimed documentary-series, Hidden Colors, has been met by standing-room-only crowds in both NYC and Atlanta. Following a showing in Manhattan, in which the film’s producer/director, Tariq Nasheed, personally attended, he made his way … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 24: Upgrading Socially thru Interracial Relationships

Takuan Amaru “If you’re black, stay back…(but) if you’re white, you’re all right!” ~Big Bill Broonzy on Jim Crow In 2019, is “White” still Right? Even with the admission by western scientists that the overwhelming majority of humans trace their ancestry to a handful … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 23: The Ever-changing Evolution of Blackness

Takuan Amaru A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by Black Creatives Japan. Black Creatives is a social-media group for independent, progressive-thinking people of Afro-descent. Ms. Ayana Wyse, the organizer of the event, stressed … Continue reading

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AfroA 22: Have “Uncle Tom” and “Sellout” become the definition of Success?

  Takuan Amaru What do HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, the Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne tha god, and ESPN’s Sage Steele have in common? All of them, at some point, have been labeled by critics a sellout or … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 21: Reflections on my Trip to America: “Everyone’s Gay!”

Takuan Amaru When I announced I would be traveling to the U.S. to participate in some book festivals to an American friend who had recently visited there following almost a decade of living overseas, her response was thought-provoking. “Tak, America … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 20: Japan or the USA? Take your Choice…

Takuan Amaru “I can’t believe the U.S. still condones (primitive ideals like) racism…it’s the 21st Century. What I mean to say is, in Japan we discarded out-of-date notions like racism decades ago!” ~this is what a 33-year-old Japanese salaryman said … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 19: Are you a Second Class Citizen?

Takuan Amaru Takuan Amaru Many people are offended if Caucasians are referred to as “Cracka” or “Honky,” claiming these monikers are racist terms. But history demonstrates these words are based on class as much as race. After all everyone in … Continue reading

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